People will have the chance to vote on a wide-ranging plan that will guide where homes and businesses should be built in Uppingham.
A referendum on the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday, July 10.
Anyone living in the parish of Uppingham, along with a small part of Ayston, will be eligible to vote in favour of or against the plan.
Should the majority of residents vote in favour, the plan will be adopted by Rutland County Council and will be used as a guide to help determine future planning applications in the area until 2026.
The plan has been drawn up over two years by a task group from Uppingham Town Council. The aim of it is to address key issues in the town, such as deciding the best sites to propose for new housing and employment, setting out planning policies to guide all forms of new development, and shaping the design and appearance of new buildings.
Residents and businesses have been involved throughout, and a final draft was published after a six-week public consultation.
The plan has a number of key objectives, including protecting Uppingham’s heritage, strengthening community spirit, improving the town’s retail offering and attracting public and private sector investment.
The plan also aims to help create jobs and add an extra 170 homes at least, with new developments including green spaces.
Members of the task group who drew up the plan hope to see a big turnout for the vote.
In the plan summary they wrote: “The town council wishes to encourage every eligible voter to use their vote to support this plan.
“The Localism Act has provided Uppingham with its first ever opportunity to be more than just a statutory consultee on planning matters.
“At times, in the past the majority view in the town has been disregarded.
“Voting for this first ever Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan should ensure that the views of the local community prevail.”
Uppingham town hall in High Street East will serve as the polling station for from 7am to 10pm. The plan can be seen at www.uppinghamneighbourhoodplan.info.